Puppetry of the Penis is back

THE last time they tried to put on a show in Bundaberg they were banned.

Their particular brand of comedy was deemed to be far too raunchy to be allowed to go ahead in the city’s Moncrieff Theatre.

But this time around the practitioners of the ancient art of “genital origami”, Puppetry of the Penis, have sailed straight into a show at the Moncrieff Theatre next month with tricks such as “the Windsurfer”.

The puppeteers first came to Bundaberg’s attention back in mid-2002 when their producers applied to the then city council for permission to put on a show at the Moncrieff.

Back then the council joined with Cairns to make the only two cities in Australia to ban the show from their civic theatres.

While there were other suitable venues in Cairns, the producers could find nothing in Bundaberg they could use.

However, the show went ahead in the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough and several bus trips were organised to take Bundaberg theatregoers south to enjoy it.

Other Queensland regional cities such as Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton eventually agreed to allow the show to go ahead in their facilities.

The puppeteers put on sell-out performances at the 1998 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, before being booked for a sell-out run in London’s West End.

The show has since become an international hit, with at least eight pairs of performers taking their unique brand of comedy to the world.

However, it is obviously still a sensitive issue in Bundaberg, even with a new council.

Yesterday a Bundaberg Regional Council spokesman would say only that the council had agreed the show could go ahead in the Moncrieff Theatre on Tuesday, February 9.

“It has been discussed, and the council agreed for it to proceed,” he said.

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